Léna's Lit.Life

Léna (me): Lit, as in literature, Lit, as in light, Lit, as in a little kooky: Life.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Monday, June 14, 2010

A Writopia State of Mind


I was in the paper! No, not the coveted New York Times, but I was ecstatic to give Writopia a shout out in The Mt. Kisco Examiner last week as the husband and I are initiating a Writopia community in Mt. Kisco this summer! Mt. Kisco is about ten minutes away from Katonah, and both a commercial and artistic hub for the area. I will be teaching, and the husband will be dealing with everything else. (Anything to do with computers!)

I've been in a Writopia state of mind all year, ever since I met my boss and soul sister, Rebecca Wallace-Segall. How was I going to leave Writopia, Rebecca and NYC? Could I take that state of mind with me? Fortunately, Rebecca gave me two thumbs up last March when I proposed to bring her awesome program up to Northern Westchester, as long as I promised that I would come back into the city once in a while to teach as well. (It's so nice to be wanted and valued!)

In the Examiner, there was a picture of me (the one from this blog) AND a photo of the book jacket of EDGES displayed at a jaunty angle. So exciting!

Writopia is growing. There is a thriving community in Washington DC and Brooklyn, and ones are starting up in Los Angeles and Southern Westchester in Mamaroneck as well. I would love to be able to say that kids and teens had access to Writopia everywhere!

It is exactly what I wished for when I was a kid, although I didn't have the words to express that desire. A kid/teen centered community, with published authors as enthusiasts and guides. I've always had a community-minded spirit, and struggle with being an extrovert in an introverted profession. Isn't this the perfect job for me to go along with my writing career?

And I give my Gran credit for this in my bio: Lena's inspiration and touchstone is her late grandmother, author Madeleine L’Engle, who was able to transform the solitary nature of writing into a sacred sense of community where her art and the art of others could flourish.

Thank you to both my Gran and Rebecca, for inspiring me!

So, would you light a candle, say a prayer for us and our endeavors? Thank YOU!

4 comments:

  1. this is so incredibly exciting. let me know how i can help you in your endeavor in any way. this is so inspiring. and i wish you beyond beyond beyond the best. love!

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  2. I'm feeling your radiant and positive energy, Amanda - thank you!

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